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How Big, How Far, How Hot, and How Old are Astronomical Objects?
Summary of Activity:
Students and adults alike explore their thoughts about how big, how far away, how hot, and how
old various astronomical objects might be. Participants are given a series of photographs
and asked to arrange them by size, or by distance, temperature, or age. Discussions follow.
These activities can be used in a classroom, in informal science situations, and even incorporated
into scientific lectures.
The full exercise, where students or participants use scientific practices to investigate answers to simple
questions such as what color is the Sun, why is the sky blue, what causes
orange sunsets, and why the ocean is blue. Includes demonstrations, discussions, and activities.